Allegro Senior Living

Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Your Loved One on Veterans Day

To the brave men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, we honor you and your families this Veterans Day… and every day.

Veteran’s Day is on November 11th. There are 9.2 million veterans age 65 and older, who are beyond deserving of recognition and appreciation for their service. Here are several purposeful ways to celebrate this special time with a veteran loved one.

Accompany the veteran to a Veterans Day parade, a luncheon or a national park.

Parades are usually the biggest and most colorful way to spend the day. Many restaurants offer a free meal for ex-service members. A National park is a fun place to enjoy nice fall weather. The parks have free entry on this day.

Enjoy a special family gathering at home.

Raise a flag, tell family stories, play games and sing patriotic songs. It’s okay for family and friends to ask your veteran loved one to tell his or her favorite military stories.

This can be a touchy subject, but the key is to be thoughtful with your questions. Your loved one …
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Drop the Guilt When Caring for a Loved One

You know those nagging feelings that tug at your soul and tell you that you should do something like— visit mom more often? That’s caregiver guilt. You are not alone.

Most caregivers relate to feelings of guilt, resentment and being overwhelmed. Caregiving is rewarding, yet still feels like you’re holding up a boulder when trying to live up to your own expectations and those of others.

Learning ways to manage caregiver guilt can make you feel like a load has been lifted off your shoulders. The better you feel, the better care you will be able to give to your loved one.

Guilt can be a positive or negative emotional experience

On the positive side, a little guilt can motivate you to have healthy social connections. “I forgot dad’s birthday. I need to call him today,” is a good use of guilt.

An article in Harvard Business Review shows that people in the workforce who are guilt-prone tend to get higher performance ratings and are viewed as better leaders.

Too much time and energy focused on guilt can have negative …
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Hurricane Michael Community Update

As Hurricane Michael approaches, the safety of our residents and associates are our focus and priority.

Our teams are busy putting precautions in place to make sure we are prepared. Please contact your local community for specific information and inquiries. We will continue to post updates here as they come.

Allegro Tallahassee Update

Updated 10/15 at 5:07 pm EST

Power has been restored at Tallahassee. The community is operating under full electric service and will be ready to welcome residents back home on 10/16. We will be accompanying residents back to the community from Fleming Island on the morning of 10/16.

For residents who are staying with family, we kindly request that you call the community at 850-668-4004 and arrange a time to return to your residence after 5 pm on 10/16. This will give us adequate time to get our residents traveling from Fleming Island comfortable and ensure that our buses are unloaded.

In the meantime, If you have any questions about a loved one(s), you can reach Fleming Island at 904-278-4442.

Updated 10/14 at 12:00 pm EST

Power has not yet been …
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Job Fair Preparation Tips

Allegro in Richmond Heights is hosting a job fair and hiring the following positions: Nurses (RN/LPN), Care Staff, Medication Technicians, Activities Assistants, Drivers, Servers, Kitchen Assistants/Dishwashers, Housekeepers, Receptionists

When? Thursday, October 4, 2018, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Where? St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6337 Clayton Road, Clayton, MO 63117

Questions? Contact Kathy, Business Office Manager, at 314.332.8372

Going to a job fair can be stressful! However, here are some recommendations to help you present your best self and increase your chances of success.

Research.

Before you arrive at the job fair, research the company that you will be visiting. It is important to understand what the company does, and its mission, vision, and values. This will be beneficial to know if this company may be a right fit for you, as well as help you put your best foot forward when meeting with a company representative.

Dress your Best – Business Best!

Treat the job fair just as you would a job interview.  Jeans and t-shirts would be a big no-no for …
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How Music Can Benefit Mind and Body for Older Adults

Have you ever sang at the top of your lungs with your favorite music blasting on the radio? It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t. But it may have been a while.

Older adults living at home or in a senior living community often face health challenges. Memory loss from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, depression and physical ailments can make it hard to enjoy the gifts of music.

Let’s look at how music can enrich your loved one’s mind, body and overall well-being.

Music for the mind

Improves memory

Ever forget your car keys, phone or the reason you walk into a room? Imagine how downright scary it can be when memory loss is a constant companion. For people who suffer from memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s and other cognitive decline, there is a growing body of research that shows that memory loss can be reduced by listening to music.

Remembering familiar music and related events is one of the few areas spared by dementia.

Uplifts mood and relieves stress

Research shows that music can lower depression, …
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Ensemble’s Dark Chocolate Bark with Dried Fruit

In honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, Allegro is focused on food that inspires and nurtures the body and brain. Here is a recipe for Memory Bark and an overview of all brain health benefits that come with this delicious snack.

Prep Time 2 hours: Yields approximately 1 lb.

Ingredients

  • ½ lb. Dark Chocolate Ghirardelli morsels
  • ½ lb. Semi Sweet Ghirardelli Morsels
  • 1 tsp of Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of Cardamom
  • ½ cup each of roughly chopped dried blueberries and dried strawberries
  • ½ cup each of toasted chopped slivered almonds and walnuts
  • 3 Tablespoons of unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 3 teaspoons of flax seeds

Directions

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Melt ¼ pound each of Semi-Sweet and Dark chocolate morsels over a water bath. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the final ¼ pound each of the Semi-Sweet and Dark chocolate morsels into the already melted chocolate. Now stir until everything is melted and the chocolate is cool to the touch but not hard. Finally, sprinkle the cinnamon into the warm chocolate. When …
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6 Ways to Deal with a Senior Parent in Denial

One of life’s most difficult transitions can be when an adult child becomes the caregiver for their parent. The role reversal can be tough for everyone involved. For the caregiver, it is emotionally and physically exhausting. No one wants to watch a parent’s health decline. For the proud family elder, accepting help can be awkward and uncomfortable. It’s much easier to deny that they need assistance and insist they can handle things on their own.

If you find yourself in this situation, know that you aren’t alone. Researchers who explored this issue found that 77% of adult children consider their parents to be stubborn! This is a generation of older adults known for their strong work ethic. Accepting that they need help doesn’t come easily.

What can you do to keep a senior parent safe while still protecting their pride and sense of independence?

It starts by being patient and trying to see things from the parent’s perspective.

6 Ways to Help a Resistant Senior Parent Get Help

  1. Exercise patience: Unless you feel the situation is so dire that …
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